Thursday, a massive truck bomb ripped through a popular Baghdad food market.
- Truck bomb killed at least 58 people and wounded 89, police officials said.
- The truck detonated in the Jameela market in the Iraqi capital’s crowded Sadr City of the Iraqi capital.
According to police official Muhsin al-Saedi, “A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up inside the Jameela market at around 6 a.m., he said. “Many people were killed and body parts were thrown on top of nearby buildings.
Fire trucks and ambulances rushed to the scene and fire men were dousing the still-smoldering complex with water long after the explosion. Residents of the Shiite community rushed to help the victims, carrying corpses in garbage bags and sending the wounded to local hospitals in ambulances or in personal cars. The blast incinerated much of the market, leaving charred wooden market stalls and scattering fruits and vegetables far around it. No group has yet said to be responsible.
Baghdad is the capital of the Republic of Iraq, as well as the coterminous Baghdad Province. The population of Baghdad, as of 2011, is approximately 7,216,040, making it the largest city in Iraq, the second largest city in the Arab world (after Cairo, Egypt), and the second largest city in Western Asia (after Tehran, Iran). According to the government, the population of the country has reached 35 million, with 9 million in the capital.
The name Baghdad is pre-Islamic and its origins are under some dispute. The site where the city of Baghdad came to stand has been populated for millennia and by the 8th century AD several Aramaic Christian (Assyrian Christian) villages had developed there, one of which was called Baghdad, the name which would come to be used for the Abbasid metropolis.
Baghdad accounts for 20 per cent of Iraq’s population and 40 per cent of her gross domestic product (PPP). Iraqi Airways, the national airline of Iraq, has its headquarters on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad. Al-Naser Airlines has its head office in Karrada, Baghdad.IMAGE/REUTERS